ISB 2017 Call for abstracts

Posted on December 19, 2016

The ISB 2017 Congress Committee invites you to participate in ISB 2017 to be held in Brisbane from 23 – 27 July 2017.

The call for abstracts and registration for the Congress are now open!

The Program Committee invites authors to submit abstracts for presentation within the program of ISB 2017. Submissions are sought for oral and poster presentations and the program committee encourages submissions related to the following themes:

  1. Clinical biomechanics
  2. Tissue and Cellular biomechanics
  3. Organ Biomechanics
  4. Musculoskeletal biomechanics
  5. Gait and posture
  6. Biomedical engineering
  7. Robotics and prosthetics
  8. Injury and rehabilitation biomechanics
  9. Computational / Simulation
  10. Sports biomechanics and technology
  11. Comparative biomechanics
  12. Neuromechanics
  13. Biomechanics of Women
  14. Experimental technologies/Instrumentation
  15. Animation/VR/Gaming
  16. Occupational biomechanics – ergonomics

Please click here for more information and to submit an abstract.

Abstract submissions must be received by 13 January 2017, 11.59pm EST. Authors will be notified of acceptance at the end of February 2017.

Registration for ISB 2017 is also now open. Delegates may register for the Congress by completing the online registration form. Registration must be completed by 17 March 2017 to qualify for the early bird rates.

Please click here for more information and to register.

Thank you

On behalf of the ISB 2017 Program Committee

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News from the Working Group in Motor Control

Posted on December 19, 2016

As the new year approaches, we would like to share the news of two exciting events that will take place in 2017.

Both events will feature internationally renowned speakers presenting their work at the intersection of Motor Control and Biomechanics. We invite you to join us to discover the latest developments in these fields and discuss with experienced investigators.


5th Symposium on Motor Control in Biomechanics
When: May 30th 2017
Where: 64th ACSM Meeting, Denver (USA)

Info and Registration: Attendance is free to ACSM participants. Please register here.  For information and updates see


6th Symposium on Motor Control in Biomechanics
When: July 25th-26th 2017
Where: XXVI ISB Congress, Brisbane (Australia)

Award: A US$500 award sponsored by ISB will be assigned to a student/researcher who submits an abstract to the Motor Control symposium.

Abstract Submission: Abstract submission for oral and poster presentation is now open on the ISB 2017 website.  Make sure to select the presentation type “Oral/Poster Presentation for the Motor Control Working Group (MC)”.  Deadline: January 13, 2017

Info and Registration: Attendance is free to ISB participants. Register on the ISB 2017 website.  For information and updates see
We look forward to seeing you in 2017!



Dr. Paola Contessa, Delsys Inc.

ISB Working Group in Motor Control

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ISB Travel Grant: Fransiska Bossuyt

Posted on December 19, 2016

The International travel grant offered by the International Society of Biomechanics gave me the opportunity to go on a research stay of six weeks (From August till the middle of September 2016) at the Human Engineering Research Laboratories of the University of Pittsburgh under supervision of Dr. Michael Boninger.

The research stay allowed me access to expertise, state of the art research facilities and research environment. Working together with staff and students in an extremely stimulating research environment in the United States was a unique experience which I will take with me throughout my further life. During the research visit I discussed and refined the research strategy of my PhD project with Dr. Boninger. The project aims to investigate the effect of fatigue on shoulder mechanics during wheelchair propulsion. I also learned to perform and analyse quantitative ultrasound protocols (QUS) which will be used in the data collection of the projects of my PhD. Another important part of the visit was the preparation of a manuscript which investigates changes in propulsion kinetics during an overground figure 8 fatigue protocol. With this project I gained valuable insights into the fatigue protocol which will also be used in further projects of my PhD. Besides working on the research strategy and the manuscript I also had the opportunity to observe data collection of several projects, moreover of the ambitious project of doctoral student Nathan Hogaboom including QUS. His project investigates how a fatiguing wheelchair transfer and propulsion protocol affects shoulder pain and pathology in hand-rim wheelchair users with SCI. Finally, I gave a presentation to the staff and students of HERL and the Swiss Paraplegic Research, my activities during the research stay and the finalised research strategy. It was a great honour to present for the staff and students and to be able to discuss the project with them.

The research visit was highly beneficial for my research project, was crucial to foster collaborations between the Human Engineering Research Laboratories and the Swiss Paraplegic Research regarding future research projects, and will be an important factor later on in my research career. I am enormously grateful for this opportunity and wish to thank the International Society of Biomechanics and the University of Luzern for their financial support. Furthermore, I wish to thank The Swiss Paraplegic Research and Dr. Ursina Arnet who fully supported me and helped me realise the research visit. Finally, special thanks go to my promotor Dr. Michael Boninger who invited me to come to visit their laboratories and spent a lot of time and effort in guiding me during this visit.

Fransiska Bossuyt

Swiss Paraplegic Research

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ISB Travel Grant: Jayishni Maharaj

Posted on December 19, 2016

With the support of the ISB travel grant, I travelled from Brisbane, Australia to present at the American Society of Biomechanics conference (Raleigh, USA) and then visited the Human Mobility Research Centre at Queens University, Canada to learn an innovative new method to investigate foot biomechanics.

Understanding the biomechanical function of the foot is difficult due to its complex structure. Currently, traditional motion capture is commonly used to describe the motion of multiple segments of the foot (Leardini et al., 2007). However even this level of detail is an over simplification of the actual joint rotations that occur within the foot. These estimates also suffer from poor fidelity of skin movement to underlying bone motion. Recent developments in 3D X-ray motion analysis allows non-invasive investigation of skeletal motion during dynamic activities such as locomotion (Astley and Roberts, 2012). The Human Mobility Research Centre at Queens University is setting up a laboratory using these novel videoradiography techniques. With the help of Assoc. Prof Rainbow, I was able to analysis data collected using these imaging techniques to gain a better understanding of the movement of the calcaneus and talus in the foot.

The visit was highly beneficial. I gained a lot of valuable skills including including segmenting bones from CT scans, creating partial volumes and surface areas of the segmented bones and subsequently tracking bones in high speed x-ray scans taken during walking. During the visit I also learnt how to fit objects to the articular surface of bones to create accurate anatomical coordinate systems and consequently calculate precise rotations between segments. To achieve these tasks, with my clinical background required a lot of upskilling in basic mechanical and mathematical concepts, knowledge that I believe will be invaluable as I continue to understand the mechanics of the foot after completion of my dissertation.

During my stay I also attended and presented at the American Society of Biomechanics Conference. I presented a study from my PhD thesis for the first time in a thematic poster session, which involved a short oral presentation followed by 10 minutes of group discussions. It was great presenting in this session, my research created some great discussion between several well renowned researchers in our field. The discussion led me to explore areas in my analysis I had not previously considered.  During the conference I was mentored by A/Prof Greg Sawicki, who gave some great advice and encouraged me to be creative with research ideas. His suggestions and questions were thought provoking and invaluable.

I would like to thank the ISB for the travel grant and Assoc. Prof Rainbow and his lab for hosting and assisting me during my visit.

Jayishni Maharaj

University of Queensland

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ISB Travel Grant: Alessandra Bento Matias

Posted on December 19, 2016

My name is Alessandra Matias and I am a PhD candidate in the Laboratory of Biomechanics of Human Movement and Posture, University of Sao Paulo Medical School – Brazil, under supervisor of Dr. Isabel Sacco.

I would like to thank the International Society of Biomechanics (ISB) Council for awarding me the ISB Student Travel Grant to visit Dr. Alberto Leardini at the Rizzoli Intitute for 5 weeks.

My project aiming was the methods of measurement of Medial longitudinal Arch during the static and dynamic tasks and verification of correspondence among the measures. Dr. Leardini and his team (Paolo Caravaggi in especial) gave me the opportunity to discuss the work and helped me to understand important things in the foot model related to the Arch. This was a great opportunity to improve my knowledge about biomechanics of the foot and especially about the multisegmentar model that I use in my research in Brazil developed by Dr. Leardini. There I learned new ways of implementation of projects and methodologies of acquisition.

I also had the opportunity to attend the 24th Annual Meeting of the European Orthopaedic Research Society hosted by Istituto Ortopedico Rizzoli. I had the chance to meet other researches and to discuss not only the research I was doing in Bologna but also topics about the career.

The team of Dr Leardini in Bologna is wonderful and I was very well welcomed into the Laboratory. I loved spending 5 weeks in Bologna and I could visit some museums, churches, and I tried a lot of Italian food and wines that were amazing.

One more time I would like to thank the ISB for the financial support that allowed me to have this unique experience.

Alessandra Bento Matias

PhD Candidate, Laboratory of Biomechanics of Human Movement and Posture, University of Sao Paulo Medical School, Brazil.

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ISB Travel Grant Report: JJ Hannigan

Posted on December 19, 2016

I am currently a doctoral candidate in the Motion Analysis Laboratory at the University of Oregon under the supervision of Dr. Li-Shan Chou.  This past summer I was able to attend to the XIV International Symposium on 3D Analysis of Human Movement in Taipei, Taiwan.  This travel was made possible largely due to the monetary contribution from the ISB Student Technical Group Travel Grant.

At the symposium, I had the opportunity to present my research on quantifying inter-segment coordination during running using a method called continuous relative phase.   My oral presentation, titled “Inter-Segment Coordination in Running: Is coordination variability different between sexes?”, focused on the ability of this technique to distinguish sex differences in coordination variability that cannot be seen using typical kinematic methods.  Presenting this research at the symposium gave me valuable feedback on my work that I am now incorporating into a manuscript.

The scientific and social programs at the symposium were both outstanding.  Because the focus of the symposium was on techniques and advances in quantifying 3D motion, presentations were more technically focused than at any biomechanics conference I had previously attended.  The technical aspects of the presentations could be applied to many different sub-fields within biomechanics, making it a very worthwhile conference for all attending.  The social highlight of the conference was undoubtedly the banquet, which included a 10-course meal, a live band, karaoke, and dancing.  Everyone in attendance had an amazing time!

I would like to thank the organizing committee, especially Dr. Tung-Wu Lu, for their extraordinary efforts in hosting the conference.  I would also like to thank the International Society of Biomechanics for their generous contribution, which greatly offset the cost of international travel.  I look forward to attending future 3DAHM symposiums and ISB-sponsored conferences as I continue my research.

JJ Hannigan

Motion Analysis Laboratory, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon, USA

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XVI International Symposium on Computer Simulation in Biomechanics

Posted on December 19, 2016

On behalf of the organising committee I’m delighted to announce the details for the 16th meeting of the ISB Technical group on computer simulation, which will be held on July 20th -22nd 2017 at Southern Cross University, Gold Coast Campus (  Abstract submission is now open – see website for abstract template and submission details (deadline 20th February 2017).

Two keynote lectures are confirmed as; Associate Professor Thor Besier (University of Auckland, New Zealand) and Professor Federico Casolo (Milan, Italy).  In addition an OpenSim computer workshop will be held on the 20th.  As usual there will be the usual mix of presentations and computer demonstrations along with the prestigious Andrzej Komor Young Investigators Award.

Thor Besier

Federico Casolo


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